Meet Stretch McCovey, Sonoma County's Newest Masai Giraffe

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Safe Haven Realty CalBRE# 01433049

One of Sonoma County's best kept secrets is Safari West wild animal preserve.  Their tag line is "The Spirit Of Africa In The Heart Of Wine Country".  This past Thursday, a new Masai Giraffe was born, just in time for the 2010 Census.  The newborn calf's name is Stretch McCovey, named after a popular San Francisco Giants baseball player (521 home runs, 18 grand slams).

Wikipedia defines a Masai Giraffe as the larges subspecies of giraffe, and the tallest land mammal.  These giraffes can be found in Kenya and Tanzania.  Wikipedia needs to be updated, because they can also be found in Sonoma County's Wine Country at Safari West.

Mother (Jamala) and baby are doing fine ... Stretch was just over 6 feet tall at birth.

Masai Giraffe Mother, Masai Giraffe Newborn

Masai Giraffe Mother, Masai Giraffe Newborn

Photo Credit: John Burgess

 

 

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Liz Loadholt
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Cynthia ---- I just love Sonoma County -- one of my very favorite spots -- love your photo -- this is precious.

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Mar 06, 2010 01:08 PM #1
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They can also be found here at the San Diego Zoo and at the Wild Animal Park, but I think Wikipedia means indigenous.

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John Cannata
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Great photos. I have always thought that Giraffe's a pretty animals.

Mar 10, 2010 01:12 PM #3
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Cynthia Larsen
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Just kidding, Russell, LOL.  You'd think that Zoey the Cat could have told you that ... :)

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Randy Benefield
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Cynthia,

Great Photos! I love Safari West. The Cafe is adorable!

Mar 12, 2010 03:51 PM #5
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